Dork fact of self: As tiny human I pretended that I was Sailor Xena of Saturn. Blending two awesome things that I love into a thing. Which I should revive very soon.
When learning the craft of Acting, or well any craft, it is insane easy to overthink, stress out, have some sort of melt down about not progressing as fast as you would like, being a perfectionist, etc etc etc. What is easy to forget, and so simple that it’s over thought, but it’s really simple…. Just play. Yes, that thing you did when you were a tiny to medium human on the playground trying to save your mermaid friends from Two-Face while you stormed into danger with a chakram and sword (or whatever scene you played). No rules, No grades, No striving to be perfect.. Being in the moment while trying to save your friends from an invisible entity that you all acted out in your brain while interacting with each other. You know… Fun… Play… things that are very easily overlooked in the audition/ rehearsal/ class room. And for some reason when you loose your tiny to medium human brain, life becomes more complex and thus a battle between play and adulting comes battling in a suckish battle with some form of loser, or it’s still going and ends with one or the other on top (hopefully with imagination and play winning).
When you are stuck, play. Get friends together and grab toys, or RPG like your eight. If you are worried about playing with Barbies and action figures, think of Johnny Depp. He plays with Barbies. According to Johnny Depp, Barbies work well with trying to figure out character voices.
I figured this out while messing with humans and poking fun at them as an unseelie fae. Yes it took me years to figure out that I wasn’t playing, that I was striving for perfection (still working not doing that), and not listening, not making choices, focused on doing techniques correctly, not playing. Yes, learn techniques figure which ones work and don’t then say fuck you, and fucking play. You have what you learned already in your head. JUST PLAY!!!
Do what works for you, but go and fucking play. Be a dork, mess up, learn, and do it again. Be Salior Xena. Have fun. Be a kid, we all know you actually are. 🙂